There’s a whole world of frothy pale ales, full-bodied chocolatey IPA and citrusy craft beers out there. And the best place to try them? At the source: the brewery that creates them. From blink-and-you-miss-them microbreweries to hipster friendly brewpubs and farmyard taprooms that come with stinky French cheese boards, live music and even livelier locals. We’ve scoured the country to bring you the best breweries to visit in the UK.
1. Three Tuns Brewery, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire
Housed in a Grade II listed building the first brewing licence was issued here in 1642. With much of the 17th Century structure still standing this is officially the oldest working brewery in Britain. The beer is brewed using their own yeast (refined over a period of 125 years) inside a classic Victorian tower. It’s served up in the warehouse style taphouse by a friendly team who love to host beer festivals and raucous live music events.